June 21, 2012 Aaron Sorkin's new HBO series follows the inner workings of a cable news show that sets out to challenge our hyperpartisan, 24/7 news culture. But critic John Powers says Sorkin has created a show that replicates much of what it thinks it's opposing.
June 20, 2012 The fight against bullying has become increasingly high profile over the past couple of years, drawing in many big-name celebrities. But in the world of reality TV, says commentator Eric Deggans, bullying is alive and well as a profitable career move.
June 19, 2012 One last dispatch, now that we've recovered, featuring observations on Jackie Hoffman and shirtless dwarves.
June 19, 2012 American movies have been telling stories that idealize hard work, strong character and the rise of the little man for decades. But there's always a catch. NPR's Bob Mondello looks at what Hollywood means when it talks about the American dream.
June 19, 2012 The first pies were called "coffins" and full of meat, but for modern Americans, it's all about apple pie. Help us prepare for NPR's Pie Week by taking our survey and voting for your favorite pie.
June 18, 2012 When Lisa Donovan (aka LisaNova) started making a living off her homemade YouTube videos, she and her fiance knew they'd hit something big. They founded Maker Studios to help other YouTubers hone their content. Today, their company and others like it are turning the entertainment industry model on its head.
June 18, 2012 For the past 80 years, the Man of Steel has endured in books, movies, radio serials, comic books and cartoons. "Americans embrace Superman partly because he captured so many things that are part of our psyche and part of our sense of ourselves," says biographer Larry Tye.
June 16, 2012 Two summer movies face off tonight for your entertainment attention. Will it be the military man who wants to save his family through baking, or will it be the snake monster who wants to chomp you to death?
June 15, 2012 Sometimes high-octane histrionics are what makes a show unforgettable. And sometimes it's the little moments — and how they reflect what's gone before.